Sunday, December 14, 2008
#12 Album of 2008: Narrow Stairs - Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab For Cutie
Several months ago, you could’ve knocked me over with a feather if you informed me that a Death Cab for Cutie record would be featured prominently on my year’s end list. I’ve never disliked them, but after my casual interest expired within a week of hearing 2005’s Plans, I assumed the band had dropped every ace in their deck. Happily proven wrong, I’ve turned to Narrow Stairs countless times as an enema to cleanse my ears of the more ostentatious records I find myself contemplating on a daily basis. As revelatory and incredible as this year in music has been, Death Cab for Cutie have proven themselves an excellent band, bold enough to play straight without any gimmick-cards in sleeve.